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Respawn finally patches an ‘Apex Legends’ input lag issue on Xbox Series X/S

players on Xbox Series X/S haven’t been too impressed with the game over the last two weeks. Since Respawn Entertainment rolled out a large update on June 22nd, players on those consoles have been complaining about an input lag issue that seemingly made the battle royale very slow to register button presses. Thankfully, the developer may have finally resolved the matter.

“We just pushed a small update to [Apex Legends] to help address issues with input lag on Xbox Series X and S consoles,” Respawn wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for your patience here, legends.”

It’s not clear why the issue only seemed to affect current Xbox consoles, but some folks it made Apex Legends practically unplayable. A Twitch streamer named Reaiming shared a clip of them rapidly pressing the trigger but the game clearly wasn’t registering all their inputs.

Members of the community found workarounds to mitigate the problem until Respawn issued a fix, such as . Here’s hoping today’s update resolves the issue so Xbox Series X/S players have a better chance of becoming champions. Failing that, fingers crossed they can at least enjoy the game again.

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‘Minecraft Legends’ is a new action-strategy game coming 2023

A new Minecraft game has made its world premiere at the Xbox Summer Games Fest — one where you’ll be able to build structures and command your allies to fight enemies. Xbox Games Studios has showcased a short clip of Minecraft Legends at the event and has also announced that the new action-strategy game is coming sometime in 2023. It was developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive and will feature an online campaign co-op and a competitive multiplayer mode. Dennis Ries, the game’s executive producer, said the studio will announce more information about them later this year.

In Minecraft Legends, you’ll need to protect the Overworld, with its rich nature and resources, from an invading army of piglins. You’ll have to forge alliances with mobs and lead them into strategic battles against the invading forces. Ries said the “game will have a very exciting campaign that will introduce many surprises for both new and seasoned Minecraft player alike.” The studio has only shared a few details about the upcoming game for now, though, and has promised to reveal more about it soon. You can also follow the official Minecraft Legends Twitter account to keep up with the latest news about the game.

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‘Grid Legends’ arrives on February 25th

The next game in the series, and the first since Electronic Arts , has a release date. Grid Legends will hit PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC on February 25th.

Codemasters at EA Play Live in July. Grid Legends has a story mode inspired by Netflix docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive. It features live-action performances that were filmed using the same virtual set tech as The Mandalorian.

You’ll be able to drive in more than 100 vehicles at the outset, and compete in more than 250 events in Career mode. The Drift and Elimination modes return, and players can check out a race creator and a new mode called Electric Boost. There’s cross-platform multiplayer support, and Codemasters says you’ll be able to race online after “three quick button presses” with the action starting almost immediately after you choose a race.

Grid Legends joins a bunch of major games that are coming out in February. It arrives on the same day as and soon after the likes of , , and . Although Grid Legends won’t have to compete with any big racing games in February, another heavy hitter will be available just one week later: .

Meanwhile, Codemasters has offered the first in-depth look at Grid Legends gameplay. Along with an Elimination race and a big rig in action, shows some street racing in heavy rain.

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Pokémon Legends Arceus Release Date, Trailer, News, and More

Every generation of main-series Pokémon games brings something new to the table — a slew of regional Pokémon to add to your team, fresh faces in the gyms and Elite Four, and sometimes innovative elements and style changes like Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s Wild Areas and Dynamaxing. But from what we’ve seen so far, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to deviate from the standard Pokémon game mold and give players an entirely unique Pokémon training experience.

Set for an early 2022 release, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is being pitched as a “new approach for the Pokémon video game series.” Players will be returning to the Sinnoh region from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games, but long before the events of those titles. Borrowing elements from Nintendo’s ultra-popular Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game appears to be an open-world adventure with more opportunities for exploration than past Pokémon titles.

While official details for the game are limited to an announcement trailer and a few additional notes from Nintendo, there’s a lot to unpack and plenty of interesting fan speculation on what this new Pokémon adventure will look like. Here’s everything we know about Pokémon Legends: Arceus so far.

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Release date

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on January 28.

This will be just a couple of months after Nintendo released Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on November 19, making for a very exciting combination of releases for Pokémon trainers.

Platforms

A Trainer speaks with his Bidoof.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Trailer

The first trailer kicks off with a narrator explaining that the events of Pokémon Legends: Arceus take place “a long, long time ago when the Sinnoh region was still only a vast wilderness.” Cut to a Breath of the Wild-style scenic view and wild Pokémon roaming the landscape uninhibited, much like they do in New Pokémon Snap.

It appears that catching wild Pokémon is going to look very different — players will be able to hunt packs of Pokémon down from a third-person perspective and throw Pokéballs at potential catches in real time as opposed to the turn-based battling sequences in other installments. It looks like battles with wild Pokémon will take place without jetting to a separate battle screen as well.

Instead of a new trio of starter Pokémon like the average game kickoff, it appears the starters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be a mix of starters from previous generations — Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott will be this game’s starters.

At the end of the trailer, the book the narrator is reading from is closed. Our view is filled with smoke for a moment before revealing the mythical Pokémon Arceus. End scene.

The trailer shown off at Nintendo’s August event started with a similarly cryptic message, this time stating, “This is a tale of a time long ago when the lives of humans and Pokémon were still separate.” Finally, we know the name of the region we will explore, which is called the Hisui region and will eventually become the Sinnoh region in the future. We are then shown a variety of locations and Pokémon, including fields, snowy vistas, and moonlit forests before seeing our first real look at civilization. This town, Jubilee village, which is very much inspired by historical Japanese architecture, appears to be full of characters we will be able to interact with from the Galaxy Expedition team, composed of a Medical corp, Security corp, and Survey corp led by Cullen.

Our resident professor this time around is Professor Laventon, who studies Pokémon ecology and will provide you with your very first Pokémon. The Galaxy Expedition team is led by Kamado, who will recruit you as a member.

The latest trailer, and possibly the last, shows off a lot more of the gameplay we’ll experience in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. However, it also introduces us to several Wardens that will apparently protect special Pokémon. Mai is the first, who is partnered with a Munchlax that she describes as being almost like a sibling. Iscan appears to be a more casual and perhaps lazy Warden, and Lian is having trouble getting close to a rampaging Kleavor. Arezu seems to be fond of fashion but is also eager to learn more from your trainer.

Jubilife Village is going to be what your main hometown is called and is where you’ll be able to change your character’s appearance, shop, and craft, plus take pictures.

Pokémon nobles were also introduced in this trailer. These are “frenzied” Pokémon with unique names that look to serve as boss encounters of sorts. The one shown off was Lord of the Woods Kleavor, as an example. This is a brand new evolution of Scyther.

Gameplay

With previous Pokémon installments, we’ve been able to successfully assume what the plot will look like — you start off in a small town and build your Pokémon squad as you take on the gym leader challenge and eventually the Elite Four while fighting some sort of criminal organization, your rival, and plenty of trainers in between. There are even new Noble Pokémon to capture.

We know that the game will revolve around creating the region’s first Pokédex, a task likely given to you by a yet-to-be-named Pokémon professor. Will there be any sort of gym challenge? We’re not sure.

From previously established Pokémon lore, we know that Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world; the lake guardians Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit; and the creation trio Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. It is thought to be one of the oldest Pokémon around. Where we fit into Arceus’ timeline in this game is completely unclear, but we’re very excited to find out.

We initially got the impression that this would be a fully open-world game, however it has been clarified that it will be more hub-based. The team even directly compared it to how the Monster Hunter games worked, where you will go to a specific hub to complete different excursions you accept. Once done, you will need to go back to turn in the task and take on another.

The basics of Pokémon games have also been upended in this game. We see our trainer sneaking up on Pokémon through tall grass and capturing them with Poké Balls from a distance without doing battle. Some may flee when they spot you, others attack, and some simply can’t be caught without a fight. However, battles still certainly exist, as throwing a Poké Ball near an enemy Pokémon will trigger a traditional turn-based fight on the field where you will have the chance to capture your target.

While the turn-based style remains, a few new battle features have been added, such as a turn order on the right side of the screen. Instead of taking turns, some Pokémon are faster and can get multiple turns before others, so pay close attention to the action order. You can influence the order by choosing to use any move in either strong style, which is stronger but slower, or agile style, which is weaker but faster.

A Pokémon trainer flies under a bird Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Aside from running and rolling across the land, you will also be able to fly with the help of your Pokémon. Using a hang glider apparatus, your trainer can be carried through the air or ride through oceans and rivers and even along the ground itself, with the help of different ridable Pokémon. Considering the scale of the world we’ve been shown, this will likely be a major feature for getting around.

Base camps will be where you can stock up on supplies, such as Poké Balls, while out in the field, or even craft your own with materials you gather in the world. Resting at a base camp will also heal your party of Pokémon who have taken damage in battle.

Jubilife Village is your hub and where you can do a lot of preparatory tasks. Aside from a huge range of customization options for your character, including hair styles and dozens of outfits ranging from sophisticated suits to traditional Japanese outfits, you can also use different materials and ingredients to craft items like potions.

There will also be a photography studio of sorts where you can strike different poses with any of your Pokémon, hopefully with the ability to save and share them with friends.

Alpha and noble Pokémon will also be new and unique encounters in the wild. These are two different types of very dangerous Pokémon. Alphas are described as being far bigger than typical Pokémon, with red eyes, and are extremely aggressive. Noble Pokémon, on the other hand, are said to be granted some sort of “mysterious blessing” that grant them unique skills. They aren’t necessarily dangerous, though, as some may aid you, but others, like the one seen in the trailer, could be in a frenzy and attack on sight. Frenzied noble Pokémon appear to be one of the types of excursions you will be tasked with taking down.

Multiplayer

A trainer battles a wild Pokemon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

There are no clear glimpses of multiplayer action in the announcement trailer, but every single main series Pokémon game so far has had the option for battling and trading with friends. We’re going to assume that Pokémon Legends: Arceus will include multiplayer action.

Usually, there are two versions of a game in every generation,  and trading Pokémon with other players was essential to filling out your Pokédex.

While there wasn’t anything included in the trailer that looks like the Wild Area from Pokémon Sword and Shield where players could mix, mingle, trade, and battle with ease, we’re hoping that there are similar elements built into this new game.

DLC

An Ursaring with red eyes in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

There’s no word on DLC content yet since the game isn’t close to being released. Of course, Pokémon Sword and Shield saw two DLC expansions in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. These introduced players to new areas within the region, gave them access to new wild Pokémon, and unlocked cool multiplayer options.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus starters Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott

You can pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus from several retailers. There hasn’t been any sort of bonus content announced for pre-ordering the game, but that could change as the release date draws near.

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‘League of Legends’ spin-off ‘Ruined King’ suddenly arrives on consoles and PC

When said it would soon provide more long-awaited details about League of Legends spin-off , few fans would have expected Riot Games’ publishing arm to suddenly thrust the game into the world. But hey, guess what? That’s exactly what happened. 

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is out today on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store. It costs $30 and it’s backward compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. A version of the game is in the works for those consoles and there’ll be a free upgrade available from the previous-gen systems.

This is a single-player, turn-based RPG developed by Airship Syndicate, the studio behind Darksiders: Genesis. It features some familiar faces for League of Legends fans, including the Champions Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Pyke, Ahri and Yasuo. You’ll assemble a party, explore Bilgewater and venture to the Shadow Isles to learn about the secrets behind the deadly Black Mist.

Ruined King was initially supposed to arrive . Riot back at the 2019 edition of The Game Awards.

As it turns out, this isn’t the only LoL spin-off you can play starting today. Side-scrolling rhythm runner , which costs $10, also hit Switch and PC. It’s also coming to in the near future at no extra cost to subscribers.

In addition, Riot Forge provided an update on another project it announced a while back, Conv/rgence: A League of Legends Story. Double Stallion is developing that game, which is now set to arrive on consoles and PC next year. Song of Nunu, from Tequila Works, is also scheduled to arrive next year. And that’s not all. Riot Forge also revealed during its showcase that a game set in the Demacia region is in development.

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A League of Legends rhythm runner game is coming to Switch, PC and Netflix

It’s a big month for Riot, as the company is going all out to promote based on League of Legends. But the company hasn’t forgotten about the gaming side of things. Its publishing label, Riot Forge, has announced a rhythm runner game set in the LoL universe.

In Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story, you’ll play as Ziggs, a and Hexplosives expert, who wants to build the greatest bomb in the history of Runeterra. You’ll carry out bomb jumps and attacks as you bypass obstacles, disarm enemies and light fuses to the beat of this platformer’s soundtrack.

In terms of gameplay, Hextech Mayhem looks a little like the series. That shouldn’t be too surprising, since Choice Provisions is the developer behind both.

More details will be revealed during a Riot Forge video showcase at 11AM ET on November 16th. Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story will be available on Nintendo Switch, Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store on the same day. If you pre-order, you’ll snag an exclusive skin for Ziggs.

The game is also coming to Netflix at a later date. It’s the first new title announced for since the company to all Android users last week. The current lineup of five mobile games will be available soon. Netflix subscribers will be able to play Hextech Mayhem at no extra cost.

Meanwhile, Riot Forge said it will share more info about the long-awaited turn-based RPG in the coming weeks.

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Fortnite gets League of Legends skin to celebrate Netflix’s Arcane series

Saturday, November 6, marked the premiere of Riot Games’ animated Netflix series Arcane based on the hit video game League of Legends. Here to help fans celebrate is Epic Games with a new Jinx skin in Fortnite. The announcement comes amid the launch of League of Legends in the Epic Games Store alongside other titles like Valorant.

The first few episodes of Arcane are now live on Netflix, finally offering League of Legends players the animated series they’ve anticipated for years. The show revolves around two champions and their origin stories, one of whom is Jinx — the character Fortnite players can now purchase from the battle royale game’s Item Shop.

As tends to be the case with crossover launches in Fortnite, the skin is part of a bundle that includes related items like the Pow Pow Crusher Pickaxe, Jinx’s Dream Monkey Back Bling, and the Playground Instrumental Lobby Track. Buyers also get the Katchoo! and Wreaking Havoc loading screens, plus the Jinxed Spray.

Players who want only some of these items have the option of purchasing them with V-Bucks separately. The Arcane Jinx skin on its own is priced at 1,500 V-Bucks, which is the equivalent of around $15, while the Arcane Jinx Bundle is only a bit more at 1,800 V-Bucks.

The Pow Pow Crusher pickaxe is also offered as a standalone purchase for 800 V-Bucks, while the Playground Instrumental Lobby Track is available at 200 V-Bucks. As with other crossover bundles in the Fortnite Item Shop, the offering will eventually be removed and may not return in the future.

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‘League of Legends’ champion Jinx arrives in ‘Fortnite’

Game marketing is creating more strange bedfellows. Epic Games is adding League of Legends champion Jinx to Fortnite today (November 4th) at 8PM Eastern, just ahead of her debut in the Netflix series Arcane on November 6th. She’ll be available in the battle royale shooter’s Item Shop alongside themed gear like a pickaxe, spray, Back Bling, a lobby soundtrack and loading screens.

It’s not a one-way partnership, either. Riot Games is bringing League of Legends, Runeterra, Teamfight Tactics and Valorant to the Epic Games Store. This won’t matter much if you’re a fan (you probably downloaded those games a long time ago), but it might expose some Fortnite players to Riot’s titles.

Epic has been rapidly expanding its gaming-themed expansions in recent months. It just added two Resident Evil heroes in late October, and previous updates have added characters from the likes of God of War, Halo and Street Fighter. However, the League of Legends update is unique as a tie-in for a streaming TV series — it’s about as convenient a promotional tool as you can get.

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Riot brings ‘League of Legends,’ Valorant’ and other titles to Epic Games Store

Riot Games is taking its PC titles into new territory as , , Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra are all now available on the . The move could get the four free-to-play titles in front of a wider audience.

You’ll need to install the new Riot Client (which debuted earlier this month), but you can fire up the games from Epic’s app or a desktop shortcut. If you already play any of those games, you’ll still be able to sign in with your account and access your existing friends list.

The partnership between Riot and Epic extends to the latter’s titles too. , marking the first appearance of a LoL character in a non-Riot game.

The collaboration forms part of Riot’s month-long campaign to promote , the League of Legends animated series that . Elsewhere, Riot has also to offer Prime Gaming members some in-game goodies over the next year.

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Latest Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer is here and it’s a weird one

The Pokemon Company today dropped a new trailer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus that’s unlike any Pokemon trailer we’ve seen before. In fact, the trailer in question isn’t much of a trailer, as there isn’t a clear image to be found anywhere in its two-minute run time. Instead, this trailer is more of a “found footage” teaser that seems to suggest the debut of a new Pokemon we’ve never seen before.

You can watch the trailer embedded below, but there isn’t a whole lot to see. The trailer is comprised of fuzzy footage that cuts in and out, just like a damaged videotape would back in the day. At best, we get a few quick glimpses of the area our unnamed researcher and narrator is exploring, with Snorunt being the only Pokemon clearly depicted during the trailer.

While we don’t get to see very much, the researcher filming all of this does a pretty good job of explaining what he’s seeing. For example, we learn that he’s exploring a mountainous region where everything is “blanketed in snow.” At one point, the narrator explains that the place has a mysterious air about it and then heads into what appears to be a cave or a forested region – whatever it is, it’s dark there.

In there, he encounters a Pokemon he doesn’t know. At first, he mistakes it for Hisuian Growlithe or Vulpix but then realizes that it’s neither. The researcher says that the Pokemon has a swaying tail with a red tip, eyes that are round and yellow, and white fur on top of its head and around its neck. Unfortunately, that’s all we get before the researcher is either attacked or buried in an avalanche, with the video going mostly silent afterward.

What that Pokemon is, we don’t know. We know that Pokemon Legends: Arceus will introduce new Pokemon, so perhaps it’s one of those? Hopefully, it won’t be much longer until we find out, though we’re guessing there will be plenty of speculation as we wait for confirmation from The Pokemon Company.

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